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CCTV Cameras – With Live Monitoring

Having already made a few posts about our latest push to fill out our “city pages” for our Security Cameras in Texas. I just realized I had neglected to mention one of the coolest things from Texas that I have seen this week.

This cool thing is a video of an actual materials theft from a construction company. The theft was recorded by a CCTV monitoring firm. Yes a firm that monitors your security cameras in live time. That was of course no random thing as the construction company had contracted with a firm to insure that their CCTV security cameras were monitored in live time.

This live video monitoring works much like a traditional alarm system. When the intruder came over the fence the video monitoring company noticed the crime in progress and called the police. As you will see in the video the thief was caught red handed.

So if you have ever considered having your GeoVision security cameras monitored in live time, in Texas, or anywhere in the country then watch this video and perhaps you can imagine how a live CCTV monitoring service could work for you.

To request a qutoe to have your security cameras monitored you can call at 877-422-1907


April 22, 2008 Posted by | Security Cameras | , , , , | 4 Comments

Litterbugs on CCTV in the UK

CCTV Litterbugs In The U.K.Ok, if you have read any of my past editorials on CCTV and Crime in the UK you may have picked up on my opinion that the UK has gone to far with their saturation of CCTV cameras across their little island. I have said that they have more cameras than they can afford to monitor. I have said that putting video surveillance in the hands of any government, is by the very nature of government, the most inefficient and at the same time dangerous thing to do. BUT there is a new idea coming out of the UK today that I just can’t help but like.

The likeable idea is using CCTV Security Cameras to fine litterbugs. Because if there is one thing I hate, outside of thugs, drug dealers, etc.. it’s litterbugs. It’s impossible to go anywhere here in the US without watching some one throw a cigarette butt on the ground, a sandwich wrapper out of their car window, or any amount of trash blow out of the bed of a pickup truck driving down the road in front of you.

Not that I have ever had the urge to hug a tree mind you. But the needless and senseless assault on our own communities at the hands of people who are so lazy and stupid that they lack the common sense of a dog who knows by instinct alone not to poop in it’s own cage, is more than I can take.

Apparently the Councils of Bournemouth and Poole will be giving this a try this summer. With their existing CCTV infrastructure, and even the cell phone video of the general public, they hope to catch and fine drivers who throw rubbish from their cars.

Though as one UK Council Leader pointed out: “This government’s law often doesn’t match what’s on the tin, and very often has unintended consequences.” I agree as from my past observations governments often care little about the practical ability to implement or enforce most new laws. That being my theory I am hopeful that trend will continue this time. Because of course I hate litterbugs that much.

So if you share my passion on this then please keep an eye out for any new information on the story. If you find any please stop back and leave me an update. Till then best of luck to my fellow litterbug haters in the UK.

April 14, 2008 Posted by | Security Cameras | , , | Leave a comment

Cheap Consumer Technology Victim

What CCTV Is Beginning To Stand For: Cheap Consumer Technology Victim

A new acronym I just came up with  that describes how today’s security minded public is falling for low cost video surveillance solutions, pushed by the nations largest retailers, that are little more than toys.

If some of you think I am being to harsh then consider the cost of a Play Station 3 at roughly $499. Then put yourself in my shoes and listen to the calls I take each week from customers who tell me how badly they need a security system at their home or office and yet balk at spending more on a Digital Video Recorder than they would have spent on a game system.

So bad has this become that I recently visited the website of one of the above mentioned toy pushers to take a look at what sort of camera systems they were selling these days. This site just so happens to belong to the nation’s fourth largest retailer.  Using their store search bar I type in the words “CCTV” and the site comes back with one lone result: that being a Suzuki Concertino Collection Trumpet.

When I changed the search to “security cameras” I did get an entire page of results, an entire page of Digital Cameras.

But if you look hard enough on their site you will find what you are looking for, and once you manage to get to the right spot you can’t help but notice they sell an almost complete 4 camera “security system” for as little as $299. (Offer valid through Feb 22 and reqires a coupon) Again judging by the calls I take from customers looking for help getting these system installed they sell quite a few.

I did learn something about this company’s target market the other day when I was speaking to a lady who told me she saw an entire 6 camera system installed for less than $1,000. When I politely explained to the caller that you need to be careful when buying security cameras that are that cheap she replied: “What do I care what the picture looks like?”. In my opinion this lady was a Cheap Consumer Technology Victim waiting to happen.

I did see on their web page that this giant retailer had one of their security systems featured on the Today Show just 4 days ago. I quickly followed the link to see this great product. Though I wish I could say I was surprised I was not, as the page for this great product simply read “This product is no longer available”. But even if the product were there I would imagine this disclaimer , and it’s implications, listed on the bottom of the page would go unnoticed more times than not: “ offers merchandise which complements our warehouse product selection. Therefore, most items available on our web site are unique to”

In case you don’t see the problem with that let me explain it. They are saying that they are selling what they have in stock. That it may be uniquely sold by them, and if you ever want to buy a compatible unit, or parts at a later time, don’t get your hopes up because these may be one of a kind systems. Again pardon me if I am being insensitive but who would read that and say “yep sounds good, lets buy that camera system”?

So as more and more of the American media and the American consumer fall victim to this mindset that a video security system can be had for less than the cost of a Play Station 3, I can’t help but be disappointed by the thought that these some day once tragedy strikes these people will  learn the hard way how worthless their video surveillance systems actually are.

*In the spirit of full disclosure Andy Wendt is a writer for Xopnex Media Services and Camera Security Now

February 14, 2008 Posted by | Security Cameras | , , | 2 Comments

Miami Security Cameras

Miami CCTV and Security Cameras Locally InstalledThis post is my personal welcome aboard to our new partner in the Miami Security Camera business.  That partner is Spencer Udell with Stealth Security Solutions. Spencer is our new Miami CCTV Security Systems installer and he covers the entire south Florida area. With this new partnership your GeoVision DVR system can be locally installed by an experienced professional.

To learn more about this new partnership and our Miami Security Camera systems visit my Miami CCTV web page.

January 28, 2008 Posted by | Security Cameras | , , , , | Leave a comment